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Key Professional Appointments

Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Special Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001 - 2006

Project Coordinator/Co-Principal Investigator, Early Childhood Research Institute on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate ServicesSpecial Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997 - 2001

ProfessorSpecial Education, University of Illinois, 2013 - 

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Awards, Honors, Associations

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students2011 - 2014

Research & Service

Dr. Santos’s research focuses on young children with disabilities and their families within the context of early intervention and early childhood special education services (EI/ECSE). Specifically, she is interested in developing an understanding of the ecologic influence of families and culture on parents and professionals in facilitating young children’s development and learning. To this end, she has engaged in research activities in three interrelated areas designed to advance the current knowledge base in the field of EI/ECSE. Her first research area is building empirical knowledge on how parents and other family members facilitate children’s learning and development. Her second research area is focused on developing a foundational understanding of the role that culture and language play in young children’s development. Her third research area focuses on translating research to practice for professionals in early childhood settings. Through these research activities, she aims to make a positive impact on the lives of children with disabilities and their families by enhancing the practices of professionals who work directly with these children and families.

Since 1995, Dr. Santos has worked on several grant projects in various capacities. She is currently co-Principal investigator for an IES-funded project investigating the effects of father involvement on outcomes for children with disabilities, a Head Start-funded training and technical assistance project (National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning), a leadership grant focused on preparing EI/ECSE leaders and researchers, a personnel preparation grant focusing on training EI/ECSE personnel.

Dr. Santos is currently the Editor for Young Exceptional Children and serves on the editorial board for various research journals including Journal of Early Intervention and Topics in Early Childhood Special Education. Dr. Santos has authored numerous publications related to working with families of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities. Dr. Santos is an active member of the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children serving in various leadership roles for the Illinois subdivision and national DEC.

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Publications

Santos, R., Jeans, L., Corr, C.. The Developmental Benefits of Parent-Child Interaction: Perspectives of Filipino Mothers of Children with and without Disabilities.. Journal of Research in Childhood Education

Price, C., Ostrosky, M., Santos, R.. Strategies for reflecting on books that include characters with disabilities Young Children

Laxman, D., McBride, B., Jeans, L., Dyer, J., Santos, R., Kern, J., Sugimura, N., Curtiss, S., Weglarz-Ward, J. (2015) Father involvement and maternal depressive symptoms in families of children with disabilities or delays Maternal and Child Health Journal

Santos, R., Duran, L. (2014) When Good Intentions are Not Enough: Essentials for Effective Leaders and Educators in Building and Leading Culturally Responsive Schools and Programs Using Positive Behavioral Supports for Promoting School Success from Early Childhood to High School for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students: Practices and Policies: New York: Peter Lang Publishing Group, USA

Jeans, L., Santos Gilbertz, R., Laxman, D., McBride, B., Dyer, W. (2014) Early Predictors of ASD in Young Children Using a Nationally Representative Data Set Journal of Early Intervention link>

Meadan-Kaplansky, H., Ostrosky, M., Santos, R., Snodgrass, M. (2013) How can I help?: Prompting procedures to support children’s learning.. Young Exceptional Children link>

Jeans, L., Santos Gilbertz, R., Laxman, D., McBride, B., Dyer, W. (2013) Stress and Symptoms of Depression in Mothers of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Using a Nationally Representative Dataset Topics in Early Childhood Special Education  link>

Cheatham, G., Santos, R., Kerkutluoglu, A. (2012) Review of comparison studies investigating bilingualism and bilingual instruction for students with disabilities. Focus on Exceptional Children

Santos Gilbertz, R., Cheatham, G., Duran, L. (2012) Young Exceptional Children Monograph Series No. 14 on Supporting Young Dual Language Learners with Special Needs.. Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children: Missoula, MT, USA

Santos Gilbertz, R., Shaffer, L., Fettig, A. (2012) Helping families connect early literacy with social-emotional development. Young Children 67 (2), 88-93

Duran, L., Cheatham, G., Santos Gilbertz, R. (2011) Assessing Dual Language Learners: Recommendations for Practice.. Young Exceptional Children Monograph on Gathering Information to Make Informed Decisions: Contemporary Perspectives about Assessment in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children: Missoula, MT

Santos Gilbertz, R., Ostrosky, M., Yates, T., Fettig, A., Cheatham, G., Shaffer, L. (2011) Practices in assessing young children's social-emotional competence: It's more than just completing a checklist.. Young Exceptional Children Monograph on Gathering Information to Make Informed Decisions: Contemporary Perspectives about Assessment in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children: Missoula, MT

Cheatham, G., Santos Gilbertz, R. (2011) Collaborating with families from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds: Considering time and communication orientations.. Young Children

Santos Gilbertz, R., Chan, S. (2011) Developing cross-cultural competence: A guide for working with young children and their families Paul H. Brookes: Baltimore, MD

Santos Gilbertz, R., Ruppar, A., Jeans, L. (2011) Immersing Students in the Culture of Disability through Service Learning.. Teacher Education in Special Education

Mouzourou, C., Santos Gilbertz, R., Gaffney, J. (2011) At home with disability: Three generations of one family narrate Autism.. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education

Santos Gilbertz, R., Jeans, L., McCollum, J., Fettig, A., Quesenberry, A. (2010) Perspectives of roles during parent-child interactions of Filipino immigrant mothers Early Child Care and Development link>

Peterson, C., Fox, L., Santos Gilbertz, R. (2009) Young exceptional children [Monograph, Serial No. 11]. Quality Inclusive Services in a Diverse Society...

Yates, T., Ostrosky, M., Cheatham, G., Fettig, A., Shaffer, L., Santos Gilbertz, R. (2009) Research synthesis on screening and assessing social-emotional competence Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Cheatham, G., Santos Gilbertz, R. (2009) “Why won’t they just cooperate?” Understanding how cultural values impact how we team with families Young Exceptional Children Monograph Series 11, Quality Inclusive Services in a Diverse Society

Cheatham, G., Santos Gilbertz, R., Armstrong, J. (2009) Y’all listenin’? Accessing children’s dialects in preschool.. Young Exceptional Children

Dyer, W., McBride, B., Santos Gilbertz, R., Jeans, L. (2009) A longitudinal examination of father involvement with children with developmental delays: Does timing of diagnosis matter? Journal of Early Intervention

Hemmeter, M., Santos Gilbertz, R., Ostrosky, M. (2008) Preparing early childhood educators to address young children's social-emotional development and challenging behavior: A survey of higher education programs in nine states.. Journal of Early Intervention

Santos Gilbertz, R., McCollum, J. (2007) Perspectives of parent-child interaction in Filipino mothers of very young children with and without disabilities.. Journal of Early Intervention

Cheatham, G., Santos Gilbertz, R., Ro, Y. (2007) Home language acquisition and retention for young exceptional children.. Young Exceptional Children

Santos Gilbertz, R., Corso, R., Maude, S. (2006) Increasing meaningful participation of diverse constituents: Lessons learned from the CLAS experience.. Multiple Voices

Santos Gilbertz, R., Cheatham, G., Ostrosky, M. (2006) Enseñe me: Practical strategies for supporting the social and emotional development of young English language learners.. Language Learner

Cheatham, G., Santos Gilbertz, R. (2005) A-B-C's of bridging home and school expectations for children and families of diverse backgrounds.. Young Exceptional Children

Sandall, S., McLean, M., Santos Gilbertz, R., Smith, B. (2005) DEC’s recommended practices: The context for change.. DEC recommended practices: A comprehensive guide for practical application in early intervention/early childhood special education Sopris West: Longmont, CO

Ohtake, Y., Santos Gilbertz, R., Fowler, S. (2005) It's a three way conversation: Families, service providers and interpreters working together In Young Exceptional Children Monograph Series No. 6 on Interdisciplinary Teaming

Santos Gilbertz, R., Corso, R., Rothenberg, D. (2005) Information training and technical assistance: A case study of the CLAS Institute Web site.. The handbook of special education technology research and practice Knowledge by Design: Whitefish Bay, WI

Hemmeter, M., Santos Gilbertz, R., Snyder, P., Hyson, M., Harris-Solomon, A., Bailey, D. (2005) Young children with, or at-risk for, developmental disabilities.. National goals and research for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities American Association on Mental Retardation: Washington, DC

Santos Gilbertz, R. (2004) Responsiveness to family cultures, values, and languages.. The Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Early Childhood: Missoula, MT

Santos Gilbertz, R., Chan, S. (2004) Families with Pilipino roots.. Developing cross-cultural competence: A guide for working with young children and their families Brookes: Baltimore

Santos Gilbertz, R. (2004) Ensuring culturally and linguistically appropriate assessment of young children.. Young Children

Santos Gilbertz, R. (2004) Ensuring culturally and linguistically appropriate assessment of young children Spotlight on young children and assessment / National Association for the Education of Young Children: Washington, DC

Fowler, S., Santos Gilbertz, R., Corso, R. (2004) CLAS collection #1: Getting started: Culturally and linguistically appropriate screening, assessment and family information gathering.. Sopris West: Longmont, CO

Corso, R., Fowler, S., Santos Gilbertz, R. (2004) CLAS collection #2: Building healthy relationships with families to support service utilization.. Sopris West: Longmont, CO

Santos Gilbertz, R., Corso, R., Fowler, S. (2004) CLAS collection #3: Language and communication: Working with linguistically diverse families.. Sopris West: Longmont, CO

Ohtake, Y., Fowler, S., Santos Gilbertz, R. (2004) Working with interpreters to plan early childhood services with bilingual and multilingual families.. CLAS collection #3: Language and communication: Working with linguistically diverse families Sopris West: Longmont, CO

Santos Gilbertz, R., Zhang, C. (2004) An individualized perspective of family support services: A review of the literature.. CLAS collection #2: Building healthy relationships with families to support service utilization Sopris West: Longmont, CO

Ostrosky, M., Santos Gilbertz, R. (2003) Understanding the impact of language differences on classroom behavior The Utah Special Educator Special Monograph on English Learners: Literacy and Achievement

Santos Gilbertz, R. (2003) Ensuring culturally and linguistically appropriate assessment of young children.. Young Children

Banks, R., Roof, V., Santos Gilbertz, R. (2003) Discovering family concerns, priorities and resources: Sensitive family information gathering.. Young Exceptional Children

Corso, R., Santos Gilbertz, R., Roof, V. (2002) Adapting and evaluating early childhood education and early childhood special education materials at the community level.. Teaching Exceptional Children

Santos Gilbertz, R., Ostrosky, M. (2002) Understanding the impact of language differences on classroom behavior (What Works Briefs # 2).. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning: Champaign, IL

Santos Gilbertz, R. (2002) DEC position statement on responsiveness to family cultures, values and languages.. The Council for Exceptional Children, Division for Early Childhood: Arlington, VA

Santos Gilbertz, R., Lee, S., Valdivia, R., Zhang, C. (2001) Translating translations: Selecting and using translated early childhood materials.. Teaching Exceptional Children

Santos Gilbertz, R. (2001) Using what children know to teach them something new: Applying high-probability procedures at home and in the preschool classroom.. Young Exceptional Children Monograph on Teaching Strategies (Serial No. 3)

Sandall, S., McLean, M., Santos Gilbertz, R., Smith, B. (2000) DEC’s new recommended practices: The context for change.. DEC recommended practices in early intervention/early childhood special education Sopris West: Longmont, CO

Santos Gilbertz, R., Lignugaris/Kraft, B. (1999) The effects of direct questions on preschool children’s responses to indirect requests.. Journal of Behavioral Education

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Grants

Co-Principal InvestigatorProject Blend, U.S. Department of Education, 10/1/2011 12:00:00 AM - 9/30/2016 12:00:00 AM

Senior PersonnelCenter on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 10/1/2001 12:00:00 AM - 9/30/2006 12:00:00 AM

Principal InvestigatorHead Start Center on Quality Teaching and Learning, Health & Human Services (University of Washington), 10/1/2010 12:00:00 AM - 9/14/2014 12:00:00 AM

Senior PersonnelMilitary Families Learning Network, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 9/1/2014 12:00:00 AM - 8/31/2015 12:00:00 AM

Senior PersonnelDELL-D Developing Early Language and Literacy in Danville, U.S. Department of Education, 10/1/2007 12:00:00 AM - 8/31/2011 12:00:00 AM

Co-Principal InvestigatorPreparing Relationship-based Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Personnel (PREP), U.S. Department of Education, 8/16/2009 12:00:00 AM - 8/15/2015 12:00:00 AM

Principal InvestigatorPreparing Relationship-Based Early Intervention Personnel (PREP), U.S. Department of Education, 8/16/2004 12:00:00 AM - 8/15/2010 12:00:00 AM

Principal InvestigatorEarly Intervention Training Program (EITP) at the University of Illinois, Illinois Department of Human Services, 7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM - 6/30/2016 12:00:00 AM

Co-Principal InvestigatorMen's Parenting Behaviors in Famlies of Children with Disabilities: Findings from the ECLS-B, Institute of Education Sciences, 7/1/2012 12:00:00 AM - 6/30/2014 12:00:00 AM

Co-Principal InvestigatorEnhancing Pre-Service Teachers' Resource Family Experience, The Kay Meginnis Endowment for the Enhancement of Special Education Programs, 11/1/2003 12:00:00 AM - 5/31/2004 12:00:00 AM

Co-Principal InvestigatorPreparing Culturally Responsive Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Personnel (PCRP), U.S. Department of Education, 1/1/2014 12:00:00 AM - 12/31/2017 12:00:00 AM

Senior PersonnelCenter for Evidence-Based Practice: Young Children with Challenging Behavior, U.S. Department of Education, 1/1/2001 12:00:00 AM - 12/31/2006 12:00:00 AM

Principal InvestigatorPerceptions of Immigrant Filipino Mothers' Interactions with Their Infants and Toddlers, Campus Research Board, 1/1/2004 12:00:00 AM - 12/31/2004 12:00:00 AM

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Service

Associate Editor2014 - 

Managing Editor2014 - 

Managing Editor2012 - 2014

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Courses

Curriculum and Methods in ECSE Introduction to the field of early childhood special education, including its history and major issues; instructional methods used in teaching and facilitating development in young children with disabilities are covered in depth. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 3 graduate hours. Prerequisite: Concurrent registration in SPED 524 or consent of instructor.

Leadership in ECSE Program issues and research on the efficacy of various program models for young children with special needs from infancy to six; implications for program organization variables such as space, personnel roles, and curriculum Course Information: Prerequisite: SPED 465 and concurrent enrollment in SPED 524, or consent of instructor.

Collaborative Leaders in SPED Course provides special educators and other professionals with skills and strategies to assume a leader/change agent role in their schools. Participants focus on effective leadership, collaborative practices, and innovative programs in special education that create unique learning environments, ultimately impacting all stakeholders (student with and without disabilities, teachers, families). Course readings, lectures, and activities address how leaders in the field affect change in special education through grant writing, professional development, and the implementation and evaluation of innovative programs and practices. Course Information: Prerequisite: SPED 426 or SPED 538 or equivalent.

Rosa Milagros Santos

Professor, Special Education

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284D Education Building
1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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